"Cremains of the Day" is the first book in the Tallie Graver Mystery series! It’s about Tallulah Graver, a woman who marries a wealthy man to get out of the family funeral business. Then, her marriage falls apart and she must clean houses to make ends meet. But when one of her employers turns up dead, she must find the real killer.
This series debut had a very very* slow start for me. I couldn’t get into it at first, and I think it was because of the author’s writing style—huge paragraphs of text. Once I got passed the first chapter and got used to the writing style, I really enjoyed it!
Tallie, the main character, had a really strong voice, and she came off as really likable. She was independent, spunky, stubborn and really funny! The secondary characters were also very fun and entertaining as well. They all kept me laughing.
The mystery was fun. I liked how exciting and engrossing it was, but certain things didn’t make sense to me at the end. But even so, things did wrap up rather nicely and the bad guy was very unpredictable.
Overall, a good start to a new series! The characters were entertaining, the mystery was twisty and the humor level was laugh-out-loud funny. I had a blast reading this book, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next one.
There's no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation.